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Juvenile Population Characteristics
Q: Does the proportion of juveniles living in poverty vary by State?
A: In 2017, the proportion of juveniles in poverty ranged from a low of 6.7% in New Hampshire to a high of 31.5% in Louisiana.

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  • According to 2017 estimates, the proportion of juveniles (ages 0 to 17) in poverty (17.5%) was greater than the proportion of all persons in poverty (12.3%). And a greater of proportion of juveniles lived in poverty than persons ages 18 to 64 (11.2%) and persons over age 64 (9.2%).
  • Nationally, 17.5% of youth under age 18 were living in poverty in 2017; the proportion of juveniles living in poverty exceeded the national average in 23 states and the District of Columbia.

Internet citation: OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book. Online. Available: https://www.ojjdp.gov/ojstatbb/population/qa01403.asp?qaDate=2017. Released on February 28, 2019.

Adapted from the U.S. Bureau of the Census'. Current Population Survey (CPS) Table Creator. Retrieved on November 2018 from: [http://www.census.gov/cps/data/cpstablecreator.html].


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